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by Sandeep Shivam Tuesday 31 October 2017
Zimbabwe 326 (Maskadza 147) vWest Indies 374-7 (Raza 5-82)Second Test, Bulawayo, day three
After a five wicket haul from Sikandar Raza put West Indies in a spot of bother, half-centuries from Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder led the reply from the visitors as they ended the day with a score of 374 for seven at stumps on day three of the second Test in Bulawayo.
West Indies resumed the day with a score of 78 for one. In the third over of the day, Kieran Powell (90) completed his fifty and with Devendra Bishoo (23) holding one end up, West Indies went past the 120 run mark with ease.
Just as West Indies were looking confident, Raza (5-82) provided the breakthrough when he had Bishoo caught and bowled and few overs later trapped Kyle Hope (1) LBW. Zimbabwe continued to be sloppy on the field and their reviews too went in vain as West Indies managed to go past a tricky period of play.
Just at the stroke of lunch, Powell departed with Chris Mpofu (1-46) taking his wicket but Roston Chase (32) and Shai Hope (40) played positively to take West Indies to 188 for four at lunch.
The duo continued to be positive after the restart and it was Raza, who turned the game on its head with the wickets of Chase, Shai and Jermaine Blackwood (5) in quick succession to complete a five wicket haul. West Indies were reeling at 230 for seven at that stage and were in a danger of conceding a huge first innings lead to Zimbabwe.
This is when Dowich (75 not out) and Holder (71 not out) shared an unbeaten 144 run stand for the eighth wicket to ensure West Indies ended the day with a lead of 48 runs with three wickets in hand.
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